July 23, 2006
Martha Cutter Kelley Smith, 100, of Vinland, waits for visitors inside the Coal Creek Library in Vinland, where she has served as librarian intermittently for almost 70 years. In August 1926, at the age of 21, Kelley became the 11th person to serve at the library, founded in 1859. She served for 18 years until 1944 when she took maternity leave. In May 1956 Martha again took on the responsibilities of the librarian where she continues to serve in that capacity, opening the building on Sunday afternoons from April to October.